Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 57–62 | Cite as

Extended Day Kindergarten: Supporting Literacy and Motor Development through a Teacher Collaborative Model

  • Susan Hendler
  • Maria Nakelski


The kindergarten teachers in the Levittown School District implement an extended day to enhance academic and social development of their students. A description of the literacy and motor skills cluster program and specific examples of a thematic instructional unit are included. Teachers receive professional development and training and are provided with a Literacy and Motor Skills Handbook. They are also given opportunities to attend formal and informal district meetings in order to promote dialogue and enhance student achievement. Research addresses the impact of extended hours on the kindergarten program. Teacher collaboration and student achievement in literacy and motor skill applications are explored, as well as assessment implementation. An overview of the program is delivered in this article, which can be utilized in other school districts.


Extended Kindergarten Literacy Motor Collaboration Assessment Thematic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LiteracyLevittown School DistrictLevittownUSA

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